Thank god for Nashville last week because this week back in Colorado couldn’t have been worse when it comes to getting ready for a hot weather race this upcoming Saturday. I did get a wonderful uphill run in as the ski area got the road up to Four Points plowed which gives a roughly four and a half mile uphill with approximately 2,500 feet of vertical (I did not run the entire way to Four Points). What I did notice this week was the importance of good sleep. We have a sick dog which means less sleep than normal and I felt terrible after my two straight days of running back in Colorado. The tail end of the week brought fresh snow so of course that meant skiing so I was able to get a decently long ski effort on Sunday.
Running – 24.7 miles with 2,621 feet of vertical (4:12)
Skiing – 8.9 miles with 4,534 feet of vertical (3:11)
This Saturday is the first race of the year. I feel good going into it even though I thought I would have more running miles under my belt heading into it. I am cautiously optimistic but am scared of the heat. I’ll just have to work on heat management (ice, ice, ice) and stay on top of any issues that pop up.